Gerald Cohen began his legal career as Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office’s Arson, Auto, and Economic Crimes Bureau. Mr. Cohen primarily investigated and prosecuted white collar crimes, including forged financial and government documents, asset forfeitures, money laundering, identity theft, insurance fraud, grand larceny, forgery, embezzlement, tax evasion, auto-theft, arson, robbery, child pornography and other cyber crimes. During his tenure in that office, Mr. Cohen took several cases to trial and represented the People in hundreds of matters in New York State Supreme Court.
In 2007 Mr. Cohen formed his own law firm, leveraging his extensive trial experience to litigate matters on behalf of his own clients, as well as being hired by several prestigious New York law firms to act as counsel to litigate their matters. As Mr. Cohen’s reputation for aggressive advocacy and success for his clients spread, he sought out to partner up with an attorney who could complement his skills and to take on more cases. In August 2008, Mr. Cohen co-founded Cohen & Fitch, LLP with his long time friend and colleague Joshua Fitch.
As a partner at Cohen & Fitch LLP, Mr. Cohen has litigated thousands of Civil Rights claims against the City of New York, tried numerous State and Federal cases to verdict, and has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. Mr. Cohen has also vigorously defended individuals facing criminal charges, obtaining acquittals, dismissals, and non-criminal resolutions for the majority of his clients navigating through the difficult, and often uncompassionate criminal justice system. Additionally, Mr. Cohen has vindicated the rights of individuals exploited and/or discriminated against due to their race or disability by their employers.
Mr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. As an alum, Mr. Cohen has been invited back to Cardozo to participate as a panelist in Continuing Legal Education Courses for the Cardozo Alumni Association. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in Civil Rights litigation by Super Lawyers. He is a member of the bar of the State of New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.